4.40pm Cork Tips & Betting Preview 14/06/2015

Race Time4.40pm Race Date14th June MeetingCork Racecourse
Distance1m 4f
Full Race NameCork Derby

The Cork Derby takes place this Sunday at Cork Racecourse, otherwise known as Cork Racecourse Mallow since it’s based in Mallow, County Cork. Its original name, when opened in 1924, was simply Mallow Racecourse. Staging both National Hunt and Flat racing, the course is right handed, one and a half miles round and has a straight sprint course of five furlongs. The Cork Derby itself is a one mile and four furlongs race. It’s open to horses aged four and over, and the winner will bag a tidy €30,000.

Irish eight-year-old Steps To Freedom will be one of the oldest of the 16 racers, but will also head in as one of the favourites. Despite not winning in nearly two years the son of Statue of Liberty and Dhakhirah was in great form last season, finishing as runner-up in his last run at Tramore. Young Irish contender Ballybacka Queen will be a big rival on the day as she looked in fantastic shape while winning at Leopardstown last month under jockey Donnacha O’Brien, son of champion trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Urban Moon, who won at the Curragh last June, only managed a fifth-place finish last month at the hands of Ryan Moore. The four-year-old is expected to compete well at the Cork Derby, being trained by Johnny Murtagh. The Irish jockey and trainer is vastly experienced when it comes to flat racing.

Four-year-old Theophilus has one win from four flat races, which came in December at Leopardstown. At the Curragh last month, the runner could only manage eighth place, but, under the training of the legendary Jim Bolger the thoroughbred will be among the favourites.

Unsinkable, trained by Ger Lyons, was impressive in his last run at Navan, which he won. At the hands of Colin Keane it was the fourth win for the horse in 16 runs.

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